Most of us keep an ice pack handy in the freezer should an unexpected injury sneak up on us. It’s an old home remedy that, as it turns out, can do a world of good when it comes to reducing swelling and discomfort. In some cases, heat is your best bet. Other times, alternating between the two is the most effective way to go.
Chronic pain is unfortunately part of everyday life for too many Americans. One 2011 Gallup study found that 26 percent of U.S. adults battle some sort of leg or knee issue; folks in their mid-50s and up suffer even more. Interestingly, taking an active role in your own health just might tip the scales. According to a New York Times report, being more competent about your health is associated with fewer hospitalizations and better control of chronic diseases.
When feeling weighed down by a tight, stiff neck, the temptation to give it a good crack can be overwhelming—but you might want to think twice. If you crack your neck, you could be putting yourself at risk for serious injury.
When it comes to your spine health, taking matters into your own hands is rarely a good idea, especially if you’re unsure of what’s causing your neck pain.
‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Topping the list year after year is (you guessed it) getting healthy. While a clean-slate perspective can do wonders for your motivation, being too eager will backfire if it leads to injury. Overdoing it in the name of fitness is a recipe for chronic pain—something that’ll surely throw a wrench in your exercise plans.
Chances are, you’ve experienced muscle pain at some point or another. All too often, strained, overused muscles lend themselves to inflammation and achiness. In some cases, you may even feel a tender “knot” that’s particularly sore. This is called a trigger point (typically found in the neck, upper back and shoulders), which can actually cause pain beyond this area and into other parts of the body.
Osteoarthritis can cause severe pain and greatly impact your quality of life. The foods you eat could make you feel better.
The pain from osteoarthritis comes when the cartilage that cushions the space between bones wears away. It’s often in the hands, spine, knees, and hips and happens with age and overuse. Once the area is bare, the bones rub against each other, causing the pain.
For some people, pain comes after an injury and it goes away after a period of time. For others, the pain is chronic and can severely impact quality of life both physically and psychologically. There are some ways to cope with the chronic pain.
Thank you for choosing Pain Stop North Phoenix this year.
May the magic and wonder of the holiday season stay with you throughout the coming year.
Winter is here and even though the temperatures aren’t freezing, it is cooler and the days are shorter. A lack of activity can make your joints more stiff and cause other types of pain, so to keep the pain away, keep up with your exercise plan during the cool months. It takes motivation.
You’re feeling a bit stiff, so you twist and turn a bit and you hear and feel a pop in your back. Sometimes it makes things feel a bit better. What is back cracking and is it okay to do on your own?